Thailand hopes to introduce exemption of visa fees for tourists from China and Taiwan next week, acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Puangketkeow said recently.
Interior Ministry is expected consider the issue on Monday and the order would be issued and enforced immediately.
Sihasak however said the three-month privilege still requires the tourists to apply for entry visa.
In an effort to boost tourism, Sihasak said he and tourism related agencies had sought and received approval from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to waive visa fees for tourists from China and Taiwan for three months, starting from August.
Currently, more than six million Chinese tourists visit Thailand annually, said Sihasak. The decision to waive the visa fee for tourists from China and Taiwan is also part of the planned 40th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand.
A meeting will be held by the Interior Ministry next Monday and an order will be issued and enforced immediately, said Sihasak, adding that the Immigration Bureau will then be informed on the temporary waiving of visa fees for citizens of both countries.